Trauma / Scar Revision
Trauma / Scar Revision - What is it
Skin traumas are quite common. Each time an injury occurs, scar tissue starts forming in order to bridge the gap between the edges of the wound. After wound healing has ended, the remaining scar is usually inconspicuous. Sometimes, however, hypertrophic scars or even keloids may form.
The healing of a wound depends on many factors, among which cardinal roles play the site of the body that is affected, the timing (immediate Vs delayed) and the way the wound is sutured.
When an injury occurs to an aesthetically (e.g. face) or functionally (e.g. hand) critical region, cleansing, haemostasis and wound stitching must be thorough and meticulous. Plastic Surgeons have a reputation on doing exactly this.
Hypertrophic scars and keloids may require conservative or surgical treatment, depending on the extent and degree of the problem. The conservative therapy includes use of creams, silicone sheets and cortisone injections, while surgery involves the use of skin grafts, local flaps and tissue rearrangement in order to achieve an aesthetically and functionally optimal result.
Plastic Surgeons are considered by many doctors of other fields ‘the finishers’, i.e. those who are specialised in either elective incisions’ or traumatic wounds’ closure in the best possible way. By using very fine and absorbable (whenever possible) stitches your injury has many chances to remain as inconspicuous as possible.